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This collection of student work is from Frank Keim's classes. He has wanted to share these works for others to use as an example of Culturally-based curriculum and documentation. These documents have been OCR-scanned. These are available for educational use only.





David's Summer Excitement


"One nice evening, I went on a boat ride to Willow Slough with Fred Alstrom, Terence Fitka, Gerilyn, and Shannon Fitka.

Fred and I were sitting outside Hunter's Sales one Saturday evening when Gerilyn went rushing by with her rod and tackle box. When asked where she was going and with whom, she replied, Willow with Terence.

After awhile Terence came by and asked us if we would like to come along. We were bored and thought it would be nice to get away from town so we said we would go along. He told us to wait on the beach and he would pick us up there.

So I went up to my house and got a few things, then ran down to the beach to wait. After about 10 to 15 minutes of waiting Terence came by. I hurriedly jumped into the boat and we went to pick up Fred.

After we were all settled, we took off up to Willow. I was sort of excited about going, hoping we would see some sort of animal. Mostly I was hoping to catch enough pike to feed our dogs.

On our way up we didn't see anything, not even birds. Then I thought to myself that we probably wouldn't see anything in Willow because it was too hot for the animals to be out. Maybe we'd see something on our way back down when it cooled off.

After going into Willow for about two or three bends, me and Terence saw a moose. It was on the bank in a little slough off to the left. We told Fred and Gerilyn but they didn't believe us. So we turned around and went into that slough to show them the moose. When they saw the moose they were so amazed and excited. Us boys were pretending to shoot at it, thinking of the kill, the meat and the excitement that follows. When we got to a place where we could all see the moose, Shannon and Gerilyn were both scared and excited at the same time. After it spotted us, it ran along the bank then jumped into the water. It swam across the creek, got out on the other side and ran into the trees. We thought we would see it around the next bend, so we went in a little further, but we didn't see it.

We left the little slough and looked for a good fishing spot. We went into another slough I had never been in and found a lot of fish there. But when the fish would bite and we just about had them in, they would free themselves from the hook and swim speedily away. Gerilyn and Fred were able to pull in one fish each but that's about it.

We left that place in search of another hot spot, but we didn't find one. Then we decided it was time to go home. On the way home, Gerilyn and Shannon were loudly singing, You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle, Twinkle and some other songs.

I had fun that evening, seeing the moose, blasting gnats in the water, catching a few fish (which came off the hook) and running after ducks on land. We all had fun. I guess we were at the right place at the right time."

Told By: David Andrew

Interviewed By: Gerilyn Fitka

David's Summer Excitement

Joe's Whaling Trip

- Joe Fitka/Ben Peteroff

Joel's First Moose

- Joel Isaac/Garrett Evan

Tassie's Summer Highlight

- Tassie Fitka/Chris Fitka

To Bethel for the Fourth of July

- Everett Peter/Victor Shorty

A Great Hunting Trip

- Nicholas Fitka Jr./Robert Pitka 

David's Summer Excitement

- David Andrew/Gerilyn Fitka

Tatiana's Busy Summer

- Tatiana Sergie/Mary Jane Shorty

Willie Paul's Fishing Trip

- Willie Paul Fitka III/Fred Alstrom

Matthew's Encounter with Bears

- Matthew Shorty/Chris Fitka

Lois's Fun Summer in Emmonak

- Lois Moore/Carmen Pitka

Student Stories

Other Student Stories

Stories of Summers Past


Christmastime Tales
Stories real and imaginary about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1996
Christmastime Tales II
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1998
Christmastime Tales III
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 2000
Summer Time Tails 1992 Summertime Tails II 1993 Summertime Tails III
Summertime Tails IV Fall, 1995 Summertime Tails V Fall, 1996 Summertime Tails VI Fall, 1997
Summertime Tails VII Fall, 1999 Signs of the Times November 1996 Creative Stories From Creative Imaginations
Mustang Mind Manglers - Stories of the Far Out, the Frightening and the Fantastic 1993 Yupik Gourmet - A Book of Recipes  
M&M Monthly    
Happy Moose Hunting! September Edition 1997 Happy Easter! March/April 1998 Merry Christmas December Edition 1997
Happy Valentine’s Day! February Edition 1998 Happy Easter! March/April Edition 2000 Happy Thanksgiving Nov. Edition, 1997
Happy Halloween October 1997 Edition Edible and Useful Plants of Scammon Bay Edible Plants of Hooper Bay 1981
The Flowers of Scammon Bay Alaska Poems of Hooper Bay Scammon Bay (Upward Bound Students)
Family Trees and the Buzzy Lord It takes a Village - A guide for parents May 1997 People in Our Community
Buildings and Personalities of Marshall Marshall Village PROFILE Qigeckalleq Pellullermeng ‘A Glimpse of the Past’
Raven’s Stories Spring 1995 Bird Stories from Scammon Bay The Sea Around Us
Ellamyua - The Great Weather - Stories about the Weather Spring 1996 Moose Fire - Stories and Poems about Moose November, 1998 Bears Bees and Bald Eagles Winter 1992-1993
Fish Fire and Water - Stories about fish, global warming and the future November, 1997 Wolf Fire - Stories and Poems about Wolves Bear Fire - Stories and Poems about Bears Spring, 1992



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